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German submarine U-880
Career (Nazi Germany)
Name: U-880
Ordered: 2 April 1942
Builder: DeSchiMAG AG Weser, Bremen
Yard number: 1088
Laid down: 17 July 1943
Launched: 10 February 1944
Commissioned: 11 May 1944
Fate: sunk by US warships at 47°53′N 30°26′W / 47.883°N 30.433°W / 47.883; -30.433Coordinates: 47°53′N 30°26′W / 47.883°N 30.433°W / 47.883; -30.433 on 16 April 1945
General characteristics [1]
Type: Type IXC/40 submarine
Displacement: 1,144 t (1,126 long tons) surfaced
1,257 t (1,237 long tons) submerged
Length: 76.76 m (251 ft 10 in) o/a
58.75 m (192 ft 9 in) pressure hull
Beam: 6.86 m (22 ft 6 in) o/a 4.44 m (14 ft 7 in) pressure hull
Height: 9.6 m (31 ft 6 in)
Draft: 4.67 m (15 ft 4 in)
Propulsion: 2 × MAN M 9 V 40/46 supercharged 9-cylinder diesel engines, 4,400 hp (3,281 kW)
2 × SSW GU 345/34 double-acting electric motors, 1,000 hp (746 kW)
Speed: 19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph) surfaced
7.3 kn (13.5 km/h; 8.4 mph) submerged
Range: 13,850 nmi (25,650 km; 15,940 mi) at 10 kn (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced
63 nmi (117 km; 72 mi) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Test depth: 230 m (750 ft)
Complement: 4 officers, 44 enlisted
Armament:
Service record
Commanders: Kptlt. Gerhard Schötzau
Operations: 1 patrol

German submarine U-880 was a Type IXC/40 U-boat built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine during World War II.

U-880 was ordered in April 1943 from DeSchiMAG AG Weser in Bremen under the yard number 1088. Her keel was laid down on 17 July 1943 and the U-boat was launched the following year on 10 February 1944. She was commissioned into service under the command of Kapitänleutnant Gerhard Schötzau (Crew 36) in 4th U-boat Flotilla.

After completing training, U-880 was transferred to the 33rd U-boat Flotilla and left base for her first war patrol on 23 January 1945. Mechanical failures, however, forced her to return prematurely in two cases. She finally left Bergen for the West Atlantic on 14 March 1945. She joined group Seewolf in April, but was picked up by Task Force 22.5 before she could attack any ships. USS Frost made radar-contact with the U-boat just after midnight on 16 April. Frost and Stanton chased the submerged U-boat for several hours and finally attacked U-880 with hedgehogs, sinking her. There were no survivors.[2]

References[]

Notes
  1. Gröner 1985, p. 105-7.
  2. Busch & Röll 1999, pp. 341.
Bibliography
  • Busch, Rainer; Röll, Hans-Joachim (1999) (in German). Deutsche U-Boot-Verluste von September 1939 bis Mai 1945. IV. Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn: Mittler. ISBN 3-8132-0514-2. 
  • Gröner, Erich (1985) (in German). U-Boote, Hilfskreuzer, Minenschiffe, Netzleger, Sperrbrecher. III. Koblenz: Bernard & Graefe. ISBN 3-7637-4802-4. 



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